A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Monday 25 March 2019

The Magic of the Back Burner!

That disappointment when something hasn't worked, so you shove it in a drawer and forget about it! I'm sure that most of you reading this will know exactly what I'm talking about., Then, a few months later, you open that drawer and think, hmmm, that doesn't look so bad after all, so you get it out and feel hopeful that it can be rescued after all!

To begin with, I had stitched together a few scraps of brown, white and black cotton into a strip. There were marks on some pieces, so I used them to determine the start of my stitching, some by hand, and some by machine. This led me to make more marks, quite randomly, using some bleach on the black and brown areas, and some paint on the white. A small amount of applique has also been added, mainly to soften across some of the seams from one background colour to another.

It may not be the most successful piece of work, but sometimes, it really does help to put what might be considered a complete failure, away somewhere. Viewing with fresh eyes after a period of time may prove to have worked its magic to something worth salvaging.

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